Friday, April 19, 2024

Fox TV Forced to Renew “American Idol” As They Cancel Many Shows


Fox TV is renewing “American Idol.” Why? They have no choice. Today they also cancelled a bunch of shows including “Dads,” “Enlisted,” “Surviving Jack,” and “Rake” with Greg Kinnear. They had already cancelled “Almost Human.”

If they weren’t in total bind, Fox would probably cancel “The Mindy Project” and “Brooklyn 999.” At least those shows are considered hip. But their ratings are terrible. “Idol” ratings are in the toilet, as we all know. But Fox can’t just show test patterns all night– or more science classes with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

As for “Idol,” there aren’t too many more changes that can be made to pump up ratings. The show is what it is. It will die a slow death unless they find better contestants. In all likelihood, the judges (Lopez, Urban, Connick) will return along with Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson as a mentor.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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